Possible coolant leak?

Tiny
TSHAWTAYLOR
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  • 2011 BMW 550I
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 70,000 MILES
Good morning. I can smell coolant, especially when it's running idle, but I don't see coolant coming out. It also looks like there may be a little spatter of coolant under the hood, but I'm not sure if that's from my husband spilling when he adds coolant or if it's spraying from someplace. I think there may also be an oil leak because I've had to add engine oil at least every other week. Does this seem like an urgent, needs immediate resolve problem?
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Sunday, October 2nd, 2022 AT 5:53 AM

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Tiny
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Do you smell coolant inside or outside the car? If inside the car only you have a heater core that is leaking if outside a blown head gasket.

Here is a guide to help you test for a blown head gasket:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/head-gasket-blown-test

Also, you just have something like water pump going out, here is a guide to help check for that as well:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/radiator-pressure-test

Please go over these guides and report back.
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Monday, October 3rd, 2022 AT 10:40 AM

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